The introduction of Wacom digital tablets has now opened up many avenues to allow illustrations to be made by imitating different wet and dry media techniques. Sometimes quick visuals are required to show fashion poses for the photographer to understand the requirements of the art director to help produce an image to fit a specified area, or sometimesa visual is required where robbing an image archive will not do. Being able to produce illustrations from initial thoughts without references is a skill in decline, however it can be essential in keeping costs down in preparing visuals quickly and efficiently for passing by an audience that needs a closer representation to the finished piece of printed media.

The illustration's featured here were prepared by working directly onto a Wacom Cintque, this allows a spontaneous result that has more integrity than copying over photogrphs.

The illustrations below are worked for origial digital photography using a variety of techniques. Watercolour or drawn effects are an easy way to stamp an individual visual style to an image.

Photoshop and Illustrator are used to make effective illustrations that help keep the structure of the image yet have a strong visual impact when used in printed media.

Digital photograhy can be used as the basis for an illustration to either produce watercolur and drawn effects then printed onto a paper with a textured finish, or the image can be given an oil painted effect and printed onto a canvas. A final finish of oil painting and varnished can make it hard to tell the difference from an original oils!.